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Openings This Week: JHB | The Soho Chronicles, Limpopo Sculpture and #CreativesMakeItHappen

This week’s art openings and creative events include a book launch and discussion between William Kentridge and his brother Matthew on the Soho Chronicles, MJ Turpin escapes from himself and the ‘mainstream art scene’ again, WAM revisits a collection of sculpture from Limpopo, some creatives share travel anecdotes and #CreativesMakeItHappen at the Act/UJ Arts and Culture Conference.


Tuesday 3 March 2015


‘The Soho Chronicles: 10 Films by William Kentridge’ book launch




The book was written by the artist’s brother Matthew Kentridge about William Kentridge’s series of 10 Drawings for Projection (1989 – 2011). To mark the occasion the series of ten Soho films will be shown. In addition there will be a discussion between the Kentridges and a book signing.


Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


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Stars of the North: Revisiting Sculpture from Limpopo



Drawing on WAM’s substantial historical holdings and prompted by the recent generous donation by Trent Read, this exhibition will take a re-look at the histories and work of a group of sculptors who learned their skills in the context of indigenous wood and clay sculptural traditions and were then drawn into the contemporary commercial gallery system. Artists include Noria Mabasa, Nelson Mukhuba, Jackson Hlungwani, Johannes Maswanganyi, Johannes Segogela, Samson Mudzunga, Paul Thavhana, Philip Rikhotso, Owen and Goldwin Ndou, Freddy Ramabulana and Johannes Chauke.


Wits Art Museum, corner Jorrisen and Bertha Avenue, Braamfontein


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Uitval (Unfolded) by Alexander Opper





Gibs, 26 Melville Avenue, Illovo


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Wednesday 4 March 2015 


Adventure Tales #1




Join us for a night of some behind the scene stories from three different adventures. Jeff and Kerryn Maggs tell some adventure romance stories. Uno, Roy and Koos preview the Get Lost/#liveinlevis motorbike trip and share some off camera moments. Melvin and the gang show some epic snowy Karoo photos from the Tour of Arae and tell us about weird hide-outs in strange barns.


Stanley Beer Yard, 44 Stanley


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Thursday 5 March 2015 


Woza Sisi, by Dahlia Maubane




This exhibition marks the start of a an on-going collaboration series of cultural monthly events hosted at the DOPEstore to develop visual arts within the fashion sector. Woza Sisi is an ongoing body of work that explores a group of women working as street hairstylists at Kerk Street market, in Johannesburg CBD.


95 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg


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Escape from Self II, by MJ Turpin




A body of work in process, continuing from “escape from self” 2014 MJ Turpin explores contemporary forms of escapism – such as the Internet, drug addiction and Religion – citing notions of time travel and creating work in a black void. MJ continues his exploration into materiality, the relationship between space, cyberspace and the invisible spaces in between. All of which are metaphors for purposefully avoiding the staple reflections(race,gender,sexual orientation,class etc) and theoretical norms within artistic practice in South Africa at this point in time.


Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Street, Braamfontein

6:30pm (Performance starts at 7:30 sharp)

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Saturday 7 March 2015


The Remix


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Join us for the closing celebration of the Fortunes Remixed exhibition with a special performance by Moonchild Sanelly.


Bag Factory, 10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg


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Sunday 8 – Tuesday 10 March 2015 


Act/UJ Arts & Culture Conference: #CreativesMakeItHappen 


ACT|UJ Arts & Culture Conference


The two and a half day conference aims to provide a forum for developing and inspiring the creative community. Engaging with entrepreneurs, manufacturers, policy makers and implementers; in addition to the advertising, film, design and broader arts industries; it will showcase new ways of cultivating business ideas in a contemporary South Africa.


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